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Rio San Juan and Solentiname, a whole different world!

A stay on the water in a very natural and full of history location. Rio San Juan and Solentiname! A different region, with its mythical river, islands, crocodiles, gold miners, a real geostrategic challenge ... 


Day 1

Transfer to the airport and flying diagonally over Lake Cocibolca, accompanied by a guide from our agency, towards Rio San Juan where we will go downstream for 3 hours. Night at El Castillo in a 2-star hotel next to the river.

Day 2

Visit El Castillo village in the morning, tour the trails of the Bartola retreat. Night in a comfortable cabin at the Bartola reserve.

Day 3

At dawn, walk around the Indio Maiz reserve, rowing upstream the tributary Bartola river in the afternoon.  Full board and night at the Bartola reserve. 

Día 4

Head back to San Carlos, and embark towards the Solentiname archipelago. On the same route, visit to the island of San Fernando. Night in a 2-star hotel.

Day 5

Up the Papaturros river amid abundant wildlife, and sightseeing from the "suspension bridges" at the Guatuzos shelter where alligators will greet us. Back to Mancarrón island to visit the town where priest Ernesto Cardenal used to live. Night at the same hotel and then the return trip is à la carte, you can choose: 1 hour by foot or 10 minutes by boat.

Day 6

To San Carlos by boat to the island of birds: Zapote. Flight to Managua. We drop you off either in Managua or Granada, depending on the next stop of your trip. 





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  • Ideal journey during the dry season (November-April), but also works during green season.
  • After the flight to San Carlos, at the mouth of the Rio San Juan, the ship is omnipresent! You must love to navigate
  • Considering the plane and ship fares and the diversity of the region we recommend this stay for 6 or 5 days. Flexible of course!


  • € 700 per person for a group of 4 people including: Managua - San Carlos roundtrip by plane operated by La Costeña company, private transfer from Granada to the airport, ferry tickets, all breakfasts, 9 meals, all private transfers except travel from San Carlos and El Castillo (local boat), all entrance fees. And a Nicaragua Descanso biologist guide throughout the whole trip!
  • € 520 for a group of 8 people.
  • Air travel can also be replaced by a bus or in public boat, cheaper but ... takes much longer!


  • It is also possible to sleep at Los Guatuzos reserve, in the heart of nature, surrounded by the marsh.
  • For those who love to navigate, an original alternative: trip back to Solentiname/Guatuzos by boat, across the south coast of the lake, all the way to Cardenas. It's an interesting alternative if you are heading to San Juan del Sur, for instance. 
  • Unique option flying by hydroplane from Granada!!!


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